Music and painting - some reflections on these 'sister arts'?

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

17.30, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

book cover - The Music of Painting - with blue, yellow, mauve, black rectangles

Speaker(s): Peter Vergo (Emeritus Professor, University of Essex)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Shulamith Behr

Peter Vergo is one of Britain’s leading experts on modern German and Austrian art. His exhibition Vienna 1900 was the centrepiece of the 1983 Edinburgh Festival and led to the award of the Golden Order of Merit by the Republic of Austria for services to Austrian art. Other exhibitions he has curated include Abstraction: Towards a New Art (Tate) and Emil Nolde (Whitechapel Art Gallery and Arken, Copenhagen). As editor of the anthology The New Museology he launched a controversial debate about the role of museums in society. His other publications include Art in Vienna 1898-1918, Kandinsky: Complete Writings on Art and The Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection: Twentieth-Century German Painting. The first of his two books about the relationship between music and the visual arts, entitled That Divine Order, was published by Phaidon in 2005. Its successor, The Music of Painting: Music, Modernism and the Visual Arts from the Romantics to John Cage, has also just been published by Phaidon. Research leading to the publication of both volumes was generously supported by the award of a Major Research Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust (2004-7). In his lecture, Professor Vergo will explore issues arising from the second volume: the intensification of the connections between music and the visual arts in modernism.

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